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Word to the Wise By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Word to the Wise. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

For a librarian there is nothing more satisfying than making a patron happy, be it by providing the right answer or by finding the perfect book. Unfortunately, that professional delight of providing public service is too often misinterpreted as personal interest, leading to dodgy situations that cross boundaries. That is the situation facing Briar Creek Public Library director Lindsey Norris, who is at first more than happy to provide new resident Aaron Grady with a number of rose gardening resources. By simply fulfilling her job requirements Lindsey becomes the subject of Aaron’s obsession, starting with the delivery of roses to the library and quickly escalating to him showing up at her doorstep. Lindsey’s fiancé Mike “Sully” Sullivan is understandably furious, but they take the right steps by reporting Aaron’s actions to the police. Their friend chief of police Emma Plewicki does what she can within the law to warn Aaron and protect Lindsey, but legally they find that their actions are limited. Almost as alarming as Aaron’s stalking is the treatment she receives from her own administration. Telling Lindsey that she should be flattered by Aaron’s “crush,” Mayor Hensen delivers the ultimate betrayal by overruling Aaron’s ban from the library, essentially making her favorite place unsafe.

When someone takes care of the problem – permanently – the situation only gets worse for Lindsey and Sully. Aaron’s wife proclaims to anyone who will listen that Lindsey was the instigator pursuing a relationship, and police target both her and Sully as possible suspects. Emma attempts to reassure them that police are only following the evidence, but more and more of it is pointing directly at Sully. Refusing to let her upcoming wedding be derailed by an imprisoned groom, Lindsey begins her own investigation into Aaron’s history of inappropriate obsessions. Lindsey was not the first woman whom Aaron stalked and she certainly wasn’t the first to have her complaints to be ignored. Along with Emma’s theatrical actor boyfriend Robbie Vine, Lindsey and Sully track down Aaron’s past and the victims who may have turned the tables on the source of their terror.

It’s impossible to read this enthralling novel without becoming enraged and frustrated on Lindsey’s behalf. When the law is legally unable to help her, and then the mayor tells her that she’s overreacting and should be complimented by the unwanted attention, readers will feel Lindsey’s frustration and powerlessness. Too frequently women are blamed for attracting their stalkers, whose behavior and gifts are seen as being “nice” and generous. This is a topic that needs to be discussed, and here the author interweaves it into a thoroughly engrossing mystery.

Lindsey’s public service role as a librarian makes her particularly vulnerable, and seeing her fight back and protect herself is so rewarding. Despite the seriousness of the issue, humor is spread throughout due to Robbie’s exuberance, Lindsey’s librarian coworkers, and the supportive crafternoon patrons. This bestselling author of numerous cozy mystery series delights with her sharp dialogue, well-paced plot, and book-loving characters.

To enter to win a copy of Word to the Wise, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “wise” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 12, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week featuring a mystery short story told by a black cat-perfect for Halloween season.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Glen Davis October 5, 2019 at 10:23am

No good deed goes unpunished. Count me in!


2 Anne
Twitter: @anne
October 5, 2019 at 10:30am

Word to the Wise is wonderful. Thanks.


3 Bertha Hammond October 5, 2019 at 2:05pm

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


4 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
October 5, 2019 at 6:00pm

Librarians and witty, sharp comments are right up my alley…thank you for the chance.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


5 Sharon Whaley October 6, 2019 at 10:54am

Love this series


6 Carol Knudtson October 6, 2019 at 6:23am

This sounds like a great series. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


7 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
October 6, 2019 at 7:08am

Sounds like my kind of read! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


8 Carl October 6, 2019 at 8:03am

Librarians are some of the best people I know. I’m sure we’d enjoy a copy of this book, thanks for the chance to win it. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


9 Kara Marks October 6, 2019 at 7:12pm

I’d love to read this!



10 Mary October 7, 2019 at 6:55am

Loved Word to the Wise!


11 Marie Wolfe October 7, 2019 at 7:07am

This review makese want to rush to the library and get on the reserve list.


12 Michelle Larsen October 7, 2019 at 7:57am

I love this series!


13 Robin Coxon October 7, 2019 at 9:11am

Jenn McKinlay can most assuredly give her readers a great book. I love this series and the cover doesn’t fail to invite you in. Thanks for hosting Jenn’s book on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


14 Taryn Lee
Twitter: @TarynRaeLee333
October 7, 2019 at 9:43am

Great series!!!


15 Dianne Casey October 7, 2019 at 1:34pm

Love Jenn Mckinlay’s books. Really want to read “Word to the Wise”. Thanks for the chance.


16 Donamae October 7, 2019 at 4:17pm

It sounds really interesting and I really like this series.


17 DOWARD WILSON October 8, 2019 at 8:46am

Love this series.


18 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
October 11, 2019 at 1:00pm

Yes please, I really want to add this book to my Jenn McKinlay collection.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: Heck! The Days are Flying By Way Too Fast. Happy All Hollow’s EveMy Profile


19 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 15, 2019 at 12:48pm

We have a winner!


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